Once the realm of philosophy, neuroscience has taken the lead in the search to find the true nature of the human mind.
A 1961 essay speculated on where research into the physical basis of thinking and communication might eventually lead.
Fundamental discoveries about the nature of memory could lead to new treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and anxiety.
The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio explains how minds emerge from emotions and feelings.
Drugs for psychiatric illnesses aren’t very effective. But new research is offering renewed hope for better medicines.
Gabriel Kreiman’s single-neuron measurements of unconscious decision-making may not topple Descartes, but they could someday point to ways we can learn to control ourselves.
Neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute have demonstrated that optogenetics can be used to place false memories in the brains of lab rodents.
How does the brain speak to itself?
Robots can handle complex tasks in highly controlled industrial settings. But as MIT’s team in the DARPA Robotics Challenge can attest, getting them to work in disaster sites is much more daunting—and much more interesting.